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Duquesne MBA Sustainability Team Wins Financial Competition

A team of five Duquesne University MBA students recently won the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Cup after facing teams from West Virginia University, the University of Pittsburgh and Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the final round.


Each team was asked to prepare a valuation and present a private equity buyout solution for privately held firm that was looking to cash out.  A complex financial analysis and deal structure was required by the case, along with a well-organized and professionally structured presentation.

The winning team, composed of students in the MBA Sustainability program, included Jeff Gladstone of Penn Hills, Lauren Lambert of Worthington; Mark Kampert of Smithfield, PA; Paul Mau of San Diego; and Mary Frances Stotler of Philadelphia.

Faculty sponsors are Tom Nist, director of graduate business programs and Donahue Chair in Investment Management, and Dr. Phil Baird, associate professor of finance.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.